This article was last updated on the December 21st, 2016.
Demo content is managed via the X Addons homepage section in the WordPress admin area of the theme.
It is very important to note that while the importer will not overwrite or alter any of your posts, pages, or portfolio items, your Customizer settings will be altered upon setting up a demo (this is necessary so that we can setup your installation similar to the demo). If you already have your website setup but are still curious to try out this feature, please make sure that you first backup your Customizer settings by going to the Customizer Manager page under Addons.
Upon accessing the X Addons page, scroll down and you will see the following demo nterface:
You’ll notice that when you click in the select box, there are two different types of demos Standard and Expanded:
If you want to take a look at the demo site before installing the content, click on the door icon which will take you to the demo site:
The Standard demo content importer is based off of our original demos, and allows users to setup their site similar to the specified source.
This importer will setup the structural layout from the homepage of the demo selected with placeholder content, and will also update your Customizer settings as mentioned above. Additionally, you can choose to import example posts or portfolio items to see how various features can be utilized. If you select to import posts, a blog will be setup for you, and importing portfolio items will similarly setup a portfolio page for you. The importer also intelligently discerns which items you do and do not have present, so nothing will be mindlessly duplicated or repeated if you go through many demos, keeping your content as clean as possible. An example menu will also be setup for you depending on the options you have selected, making things easy to get to and check out. The importer is not destructive, meaning it will never touch any existing content you may have in your installation.
The Expanded demo content importer takes things quite a bit further, and is intended to provide you with a fully functioning, designed site with the click of a mouse!
Importing an Expanded demo will not only setup your homepage and Customizer settings for you, but it will also import all images used in the demo itself, all pages, posts, widget areas, menus, et cetera. Essentially, you will receive a completely finished site design, creatives and all with the click of a mouse! All this content is licensed to be freely distributed and can be used in your final designs, or you can choose to swap out content as you see fit. The setup for our Expanded demos is something that has never been done before in the industry, as it will literally copy every aspect of a completely realized design into your installation for use as you see fit!
Once you have selected either the Standard or Expanded demo that you want to use, click the Setup Demo Content button at the bottom of the form on the page.
Once you’ve clicked that button, you’ll see a popup, which lets you know your customizer settings will be overwritten and if it’s a expanded demo being installed, you’ll see a additional note in the popup if plugins that are part of the demo aren’t installed like this:
Go ahead and click on Yes, Proceed.
Clicking this button will reveal an overlay with some messaging to give you a sense of the progress in your installation.
Once everything is complete, you will see a confirmation message in the overlay before it disappears.
The messaging between these two installers will differ slightly since the demo content they’re setting up differs from one another. If your server happens to timeout while one of these actions is taking place, the installers will attempt to keep pinging your server a few more times to get everything to work. If you do end up with an error, it could be due to a server configuration setting with your hosting provider, and you can speak with them to see if they can assist you in what the problem in your environment might be.
The image below provides a basic idea of the differences between a homepage setup with a Standard demo (left) and an Expanded demo (right). We’ll talk a little more about this below:
It is important to keep in mind that just the way the homepages look is not all that is different between these two demo setups. While Standard demo content simply provides you with a homepage setup with placeholder content and images, Expanded demos will provide you with the exact images utilized in the demo as well as all of the additional content (blog posts and portfolio items with images if available, additional pages, any Revolution Sliders that may be present, et cetera). Expanded demos literally give you an entire site setup with the click of a mouse with all images and content in tact. Nothing quite like this has ever been done in the WordPress space!
Remember that the demo content is a great way for you to learn more about the theme and the various features it offers, but it is by no means the extent of what is possible with X. Take some time to play around with various features and learn all that you can accomplish with the theme as that is an important part of the process!
Sliders must be setup separately from the demo content as they are part of the Revolution Slider plugin. For information on how to setup various types of sliders to use with the theme, be sure to check out the article in the Knowledge Base that covers this.
Notes About Demo Content
It should be noted that demo content may not look exactly like our demo websites for numerous reasons. One of the biggest reasons for this is the fact that much of our content is either created by us directly or licensed specifically to us, so it is not available for redistribution (i.e. images, videos, et cetera). That being said, there are many great websites available such as PhotoDune or GraphicRiver where you can readily purchase premium content for use in your own sites. The demo content is meant to be used as a way to quickly setup the framework or structure of your site, making it quick and easy for you to swap out imges and text with your own material.
Full demo content is provided for each of our demos, however content is not included for our sales page as this is not considered one of our demos and is used specifically for our business purposes. If you are interested in recreating the look of this page we recommend starting out with the demo content for Integrity 1 as it will get you a majority of the way there.
One potential issue you may run into when using the importer is a message reading “We’re sorry, the demo failed to finish importing.” There are a few possibilities for this error, but the most common one is that the AJAX requests used to run the importer are reaching the WordPress memory limit. It is possible this might come up for certain hosting environments, or if you’re running WordPress v4.3 as there is a memory leak in the admin that will not be patched until v4.3.1. If this is the case, you can try increasing your memory limit by following the instructions in the WordPress Codex.
Another potential issue is that if you delete the demo content, and import the same demo again, it will not import the deleted pages, posts, or images. X remembers what has been imported, and won’t reimport the same thing twice. If you delete something, it will be assumed that you don’t want it. However, there is a way to purge this cache and allow the importer to run fresh again. Just add &clean-cache to your URL. For example:
In doing this, you may run into duplicate items if you didn’t delete them previously.
If you feel you have run into a different problem with the demo content import process (either Standard or Expanded), please open a new thread in the community forum providing detailed information on the nature of the issue you’re experiencing and one of our staff will be more than happy to help look into anything for you. Most of the time, issues are caused by simple connectivity issues or restrictive settings in a hosting environment.